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I take gabapentin for my fibromyalgia, but the helpful effects seemed to have worn off. I'm in excruciating, constant pain. Any suggestions?

I take gabapentin for my fibromyalgia, but the helpful effects seemed to have worn off. I'm in excruciating, constant pain. Any suggestions?

Yes: See your psychiatrist for other options. Possible increase in dose could help. Also seeing a therapist could be helpful as well as sometimes depression and fibro are linked. ...Read more

Gabapentin (Definition)

Also called neurontin, (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat seizure, also for post-herpetic neuralgia & other neuropathic pains, as well as restless leg syndrome. It works by lowering excitation ...Read more


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Is it safe to take gabapentin to relieve pain caused by a sciatic nerve problem?

Is it safe to take gabapentin to relieve pain caused by a sciatic nerve problem?

Usually yes: Neurontin (gabapentin) is a drug used to treat nerve pain, and is helpful in relieving symptoms. Among its side effects are dizziness and drowsiness (meaning one should be careful if considering driving or operating machinery). A few people may have changes in their moods or thoughts. A few may have signs of drug allergy, such as a rash. One's doctor can help decide if Gabapentin should be used. ...Read more

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I'm taking 1800 mg of Neurontin (gabapentin) for sciatic nerve pain (nerves were stretched during a procedure ) which is not effective . Please advise?

I'm taking 1800 mg of Neurontin (gabapentin)  for  sciatic nerve pain (nerves were stretched during a procedure ) which is not effective . Please advise?

See Pain Doctor: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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What treatment options are there for someone with permanent sciatic damage who can't take lyrica (pregabalin) or gapapetin?

What treatment options are there for someone with permanent sciatic damage who can't take lyrica (pregabalin) or gapapetin?

See below: I agree with dr. Machanic. I would add that in all of his ideas fail you could consider a spinal cord stimulator.

http://www.controlyourpain.com/. ...Read more

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Is mixing Gabapentin with Adderall safe?

Is mixing Gabapentin with Adderall safe?

Caution with mixing: Gabapentin and Adderall have essentially opposing effects, so it may not make sense to take the two of them together. It is always important to use caution when mixing medications. I would suggest you confirm with your prescribing doctor how he/she means for you to take the medications. ...Read more

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Is Spironolactone and Neurontin (gabapentin) safe to take together?

Is Spironolactone and Neurontin (gabapentin) safe to take together?

Safe: No significant drug interactions between spironlactone and Neurontin (gabapentin). That said, keep all follow-up doctor appointments and let prescribing doc know promptly if you have questions or distress while on these meds. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed neurontin (gabapentin) and luvox. Working well but is this a safe combo?

Dr prescribed neurontin (gabapentin) and luvox. Working well but is this a safe combo?

Drug interaction: 'Using gabapentin together with fluvoxaMINE may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment. ' See: http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1128-9754,1147-677 ...Read more

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Is it safe to take cough serups while taking gabapentin twise a day or could there be interaction?

Is it safe to take cough serups while taking  gabapentin twise a day or could there be interaction?

Maybe (not) . . .: It's difficult to answer b/c you're from across pond in great britain so, having trained here in states & been isolated, I have no idea what is included in cough syrups sold where you live. Best to ask doc who prescribed your gabapentin. Or ask pharmacist. With that said, otc cough syrups sold in states may contain Guaifenesin +/- dextromethorphan which online.Epocrates.Com shows no issues w/gabap. ...Read more

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Can Gabapentin 300mg capsule be opened and taken with pudding? It is not extended release. Is it safe?

Gabapentin capsules: Gabapentin caps can generally be opened and mixed with jam, honey, or apple sauce without significant change in effect from swallowing the capsule whole. A single dose should be mixed and then swallowed directly, not mixed in advance. if you're considering changes to your med regimen, you should always discuss with your prescribing doc first -- so give him/her a buzz & be well :) ...Read more

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On Neurontin (gabapentin) b/c of post concussion after accident been reading about negative studies. How safe is this drug?

On Neurontin (gabapentin) b/c of post concussion after accident been reading about negative studies.  How safe is this drug?

Neurontin (gabapentin): a relatively new anticonvulsant compared to carbamazapine and phenytoin, differs from most other anticonvulsants because it has minimal drug interaction potential and is not metabolized in humans. ...Read more

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Will taking 300mg of gabapentin short term only at bedtime for sleep cause any problems? Wd's etc.. Any recommendations for a safer med? Plz no cbt.

Gabapentin: Is a good AED medication and it's also called vitamin n. And 300mg is safe dose.
Insomnia, defined as insufficient or inadequate sleep, is a common sleep complaint that has been estimated to affect 25 to 35 % of the adult population. It includes difficulty in falling or staying asleep at least three times per week for longer than one month. It is a manageable condition by sleep neurologist. ...Read more

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How long is safe to take gabapentin for rls? I´m afraid the long term use can cause parkinson´s disease... Is it possible to happen?

Safety: Gabapentin has been around since early 1970s and used for lots of conditions into the very high doses. Typically no causative issues with degenerative problems like parkinsons. With that being said, it does have side effects. With any medications you have weigh benefit vs. Risk. For RLS doses, typically side effects are minimal. Have treated people upwards of 10 years with Gabapentin ... ...Read more

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How safe is Neurontin (gabapentin) on the body?

How safe is Neurontin (gabapentin) on the body?

Very safe: But in some people it can have side effects. It is best to have the dose increased slowly to avoid the side effects. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to stay on neurontin (gabapentin)?

How long is it safe to stay on neurontin (gabapentin)?

Neurontin (gabapentin): It is prescribed for a reason, and if it's helping , stay on it for as long as your doctor recommends. ...Read more

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How long (months/years) is it safe to take gabapentin 600 mg?

How long (months/years) is it safe to take gabapentin 600 mg?

Necessary vs safe: This is not an easy (safe) drug to take for any time and it may require more and more to be effective - BUT it may be necessary. Discuss this in depth w/ your Dr and keep them closely informed of how you are doing. Always seek to evaluate as many non-drug treatments as possible. Best! ...Read more

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How soon after drinking would it be safe to resume taking gabapentin?

I am not actually: Answering your question. I just wanted to express concern that you would stop medications in order to consume alcohol. This might be work looking at. ...Read more

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I am currently in a drug court program and subject to random drug screens, would it be safe for me to take gabapentin?

I am currently in a drug court program and subject to random drug screens, would it be safe for me to take gabapentin?

Gabapentin and UAs: From my experience this is not a drug of any class that would be monitored by drug court. But, i believe it is always better to write down any medications you are taking when you given a ua. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to take two capsules of gabapentin 300mg together or should I only take one in morning+1 at night, i forgot 2 take it in morning?

Yes: Generally Gabapentin is a short-acting medication, so the morning dose won't help very much with evening symptoms. If you forgot to take it in the morning, you can take it whenever you realize you forgot to take it. Then take the next one at your next scheduled time. The only side effect at these doses is slight sedation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 440 mg of nsaid with gabapentin?

Is it safe to take 440 mg of nsaid with gabapentin?

Yes: They have different mechanisms. Your Naproxen dose is a bit steep, don't take it for a long time. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take slow release and fast acting morphine with gabapentin.

If prescribed.: Yes, it is, as long as it has been prescribed.You may feel extra sedated with the combination so be careful waking and do not operate any dangerous machinery or drive until your doctor has given you clearance. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am on gabapentin for my nerve disease is it safe for me to be taking it while i'm pregnant?

I am on gabapentin for my nerve disease   is it safe for me to be taking it while i'm pregnant?

Unclear: Gabapentin is a class c drug in pregnancy meaning that in animal studies there have been reports of congenital abnormalities, but no human studies have been performed. As with many drugs in this category, if the benefits outweigh the risks continue the drug. Some women avoid taking in 1st trimester but then take in 2nd and 3rd. Talk to your neurologist about other treatment options in pregnancy. ...Read more

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I take 600mg gabapentin 3x a day and I have not taken a dosage yet. I am in a lot of pain and would like to know if it is safe for me to take a 5mg percocet?

Should be: When multiple medications are needed for the same reason, especially pain, it's advisable for a single doc or dr group to be managing them all. This helps ensure that potential interactions are tracked which improves safety. That being said, it's common for percocet and gabapentin to be prescribed and taken together, and the combination is generally safe but can be quite sedating. ...Read more

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How safe is flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) and gabapentin?

How safe is flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)  and gabapentin?

TOGETHER?: I am unclear as to whether you mean are these two medications safe in general of taken together? Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is a muscle relaxer and can make you drowsy. Gabapentin is in the anti-convulsant class of drugs and is used for seizure control and also for neuropathy. Gabapentin can also make you drowsy so you have be cautious when taking together that you do not fall asleep unexpectedly. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Gabapentin while nursing my 18 month old?

Is it safe to take  Gabapentin while nursing my 18 month old?

Probably yes: According to a report published in 2005, adverse events were not reported in the breast-fed infants. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to take gabapentin and tramadol together for pain relief?

Is it safe for me to take gabapentin and tramadol together for pain relief?

OK to mix: Gabapentin is metabolized via the kidney and has no substantial drug reaction with tramadol. Both could cause drowsiness and dizziness, and this could be additive. Although tramadol could rarely cause seizures, Gabapentin suppresses szs, so this essentially cancels out. So, in essence, with your doctor's very close supervision, you likely will do fine. ...Read more

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Neurontin (Definition)

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Sciatic Nerve (Definition)

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